NHL Pre-Game Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins

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This afternoon’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins (33-10-0, 66 points) and the Boston Bruins (26-11-5, 57 points) will be televised locally on ROOT Sports – Pittsburgh and nationally on NHL Network – US. Face off is set for 12:30pm (est) at TD Garden.

Today’s game is played in the shadow of what has unfolded throughout the week in Boston with the Boston Marathon bombers.  This will be one of the first events that Boston residence will be able to get out and enjoy since the recent lockdown.

As mentioned previously, the players from both teams will be wearing special commemorative patches on their jerseys to be auctioned off after the game.  The Bruins’ patch is to be the blue and yellow “Boston Strong” ribbon while the Penguins will be donning a “617″ (one of Boston’s two area codes) patch.  Proceeds from the auctions will be donated to “The One Fund Boston” (OneFundBoston.org), “whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon.”  Special “Boston Strong” t-shirts will also be sold at the game.  For more information on the events scheduled during tonights game, visit the offical Boston Bruins webpage.

The Penguins did not have an opportunity for a morning skate, so the projected line combinations are based on the previous morning skates and practices:

FORWARDS: Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-Jerome Iginla, Brenden Morrow-Jussi Jokinen-Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass-Craig Adams-Beau Bennett; DEFENSEMEN: Brooks Orpik-Mark Eaton, Douglas Murray-Matt Niskanen, Robert Bortuzzo-Deryk Engelland, Simon Despres-Kris Letang.

The starting goalie in net for the Penguins tonight is Tomas Vokoun.

BOSTON INJURY / LINE INFO
The Bruins will be without only one player this afternoon against the Penguins and that is forward Marc Savard (concussion).

PROJECTED LINES -
FORWARDS: Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin Daniel Paille – David Krejci – Nathan Horton Carl Soderberg – Chris Kelly – Jaromir Jagr Rich Peverley – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton Milan Lucic – Kaspars Daugavins – Jay Pandolfo; DEFENSEMEN: Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton Dennis Seidenberg – Johnny Boychuk Matt Bartkowski – Adam McQuaid Andrew Ference – Aaron Johnson.

Tuukka Rask is the projected starting net minder for Boston this afternoon.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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